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Signing ceremony of the Treaty of Lisbon

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EU state leaders, as well as European Commission President José Manuel Barroso and European Parliament President Hans-Gert Pöttering, signed the 13 of December 2007, the EU Reform Treaty, also known as the Lisbon Treaty. Gordon Brown, Prime Minister of United Kingdom, signed some hours later in a different room as he was unable to join other European heads of government at the official signing ceremony due to a Parliamentary committee meeting. The Treaty has been designed to simplify decision-making by changing voting rules within the enlarged EU. It also creates the post of a president of the European Council, in place of the current six-month rotation between member states, and a new post of EU foreign policy chief, which combines the duties of present foreign policy chief and EU External Relations Commissioner. The Lisbon Treaty, which replaces the failed EU Constitution, is expected to overcome the prolonged crisis prompted by rejection by French and Dutch voters in referendums in 2005. It is expected to come into force in January 2009.
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Type: Best-of   Reference: I-056279   Date: 01/02/2008   Duration: 53:22   Personalities: Adrian Cioroianu, Aigars Kalvîtis, Alfred Gusenbauer, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Andrus Ansip, Angela Merkel, Bernard Kouchner, Bertie Ahern, Cecilia Malmström, Costas Caramanlis, Călin Popescu-Tăriceanu, David Miliband, Dermot Ahern, Dimitrij Rupel, Donald Tusk, Dora Bakoyannis, Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis, Ferenc Gyurcsány, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Fredrik Reinfeldt, Gediminas Kirkilas, Guy Verhofstadt, Hans-Gert Pöttering, Ilkka Kanerva, Ivailo Kalfin, Jan Peter Balkenende, Janez Janša, Javier Solana, Jean Asselborn, Jean-Claude Juncker, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, José Manuel Barroso, José Sócrates, Ján Kubiš, Karel De Gucht, Karel Schwarzenberg, Kinga Göncz, Lawrence Gonzi, Lech Kaczyński, Luís Amado, Margot Wallström, Massimo D'Alema, Matti Vanhanen, Maxime Verhagen, Michael Frendo, Miguel Ángel Moratinos, Mirek Topolánek, Māris Riekstiņš, Nicolas Sarkozy, Per Stig Møller, Petras Vaitiekūnas, Radosław Sikorski, Robert Fico, Romano Prodi, Sergueï Stanichev, Tassos Papadopoulos, Traian Băsescu, Urmas Paet, Ursula Plassnik, Valdas Adamkus   Location: Lisbon - Jerónimos Monastery,Lisbon - National Coach Museum  

Tags: Lisbon strategy , Treaty of Lisbon
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